Friday, April 27, 2007

ANZAC Day


We celebrated Anzac Day last Wednesday. For many New Zealanders it is more than just another public holiday.


ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - soldiers in WW1 who came from Australia and New Zealand. One of the places that they fought was at Gallipoli, which is in Turkey. They landed there on the 25th April 1915, which is the date that we remember today as Anzac Day. It was a very unsuccessful battle that lasted around nine months. Many Kiwi and Aussie soldiers were killed and in the end the British forces had to leave the area.


However, Anzac Day is more than just remembering what happened at Gallipoli. It is a day for reflection on the wars that our country has been involved in. It is a day when we remember the people who died or were injured fighting overseas - in WW1 and 2, as well as other wars that the NZ armed forces have supported. Many people attend services on Anzac Day - one of the most popular in Auckland is at dawn outside the museum. There are also parades. I went to one this Anzac Day in Brisbane, Australia - the parade went on for more than two hours and thousands of people lined the streets to wave flags and applaud the people marching, which included many veterans.

4 comments:

Jeff said...

Hello Karen,

Couldn't find any email address with your audio message on webheadsinaction.org so thought I'd try this method of contact. Not sure why you encountered that registration glitch, but you should be able to register now. I have temporarily disabled the math security question.

Best wishes,
Jeff

Anonymous said...

Dear Karen,i became attract by reading your everyday lifestyle.i really appreciate it.i also like to enjoy music in my off time like you and also lijke to enjoy with my family.my son is very naughty.so i dont allow him to do everykthing he wants.

Karen Haines said...

My everyday lifestyle - what a lovely way to describe daily living. Glad that other people think it is important to discipline their children as well.

Aaron said...

Hey Karen I came across this looking for royalty free images from the Gallipoli campaign. Do you know if this image belongs in the public domain at all?Thanks Aaron